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Week 2 Eastern Iowa high school football preview capsules

No. 4 Iowa City West travels to No. 6 Bettendorf in 4A showdown

Cedar Rapids Jefferson's Ezeki Leggins (23) reaches for Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Max White (5) during the first half of their game last week at Kingston Stadium. Kennedy hosts Linn-Mar on Friday; Jefferson is at Muscatine. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Jefferson's Ezeki Leggins (23) reaches for Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Max White (5) during the first half of their game last week at Kingston Stadium. Kennedy hosts Linn-Mar on Friday; Jefferson is at Muscatine. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

Gazette area football games to watch for Week 2:

Iowa City West at Bettendorf

Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Bettendorf

Records and rankings: Both teams are 1-0. West is ranked sixth in Class 4A; Bettendorf is No. 4.

Overview: West knocked Bettendorf out of the playoffs each of the past two seasons, including a 23-0 conquest in last year’s semifinals. Both were impressive last week, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Bettendorf blanked Pleasant Valley, 20-0, and West slowed North Scott, 28-7. West’s Jalen Gaudet got loose for two long touchdown receptions, finishing with three catches for 159 yards. Bettendorf’s Carter Bell ran for 152 yards and a TD.

Iowa City High at Cedar Falls

Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Cedar Falls (UNI-Dome)

Records and rankings: Both teams are 1-0. Cedar Falls is ranked No. 5 in Class 4A.

Overview: City High had some nervous moments in the second half before pulling away to beat new intracity rival Iowa City Liberty last week. The Little Hawks squandered a 17-0 lead, then responded with the last 21 points after trailing 21-17. The Little Hawks didn’t complete a pass, but rushed for 403 yards, 181 from Tonka Hickman. Cedar Falls forced Ames to become one-dimensional in a 31-0 whitewash, holding the Little Cyclones to minus-9 yards on the ground. Tigers QB Cael Loecher passed for 148 yards and three TDs.

Decorah at Cedar Rapids Xavier

Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Saints Field

Records and rankings: Both teams are 1-0. Xavier is ranked No. 1 in Class 3A.

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Overview: Xavier extended its regular-season winning streak to 27 when it routed Iowa City Regina, 44-7, last week. The Saints led that game 37-0 at halftime and got six touchdowns from Quinn Schulte (four passing, two rushing), who passed for 180 yards. Decorah opened in impressive fashion, tripping defending 2A state champion Waukon, 24-20. Drake Shelton ran for 194 yards on 23 carries, and scored a touchdown, leading a 325-yard rushing attack for the Vikings.

 

 

West Delaware at Marion

Site and time: 6 p.m. Friday, at Thomas Park Field

Records and rankings: Both teams are 1-0. West Delaware is ranked No. 5 in Class 3A.

Overview: Short-handed Marion started the season with an impressive win, bumping Washington (Iowa) on the road, 40-14. The degree of difficulty rises Friday against a West Delaware outfit that hit on all cylinders offensively in Week 1. The Hawks racked up 533 yards in a 56-20 rout of Dubuque Wahlert, getting 234 on the ground (and four touchdowns) from Caleb Kehrli and 143 in the air from Nick Casey. Marion’s Trevor Paulsen passed for 253 yards and three TDs against the Demons.

 

 

Linn-Mar at Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Kingston Stadium

Records and rankings: Linn-Mar is 0-1; Class 4A No. 9 Kennedy is 1-0.

Overview: After blanking Cedar Rapids Jefferson in its opener last week, Kennedy is a solid favorite to move to 2-0 this week, and there’s a sense of urgency to do so with West Des Moines Valley and Cedar Rapids Prairie looming in the near future. The Cougars held Jefferson to 185 yards of total offense and had 100-plus rushers in Cairron Hendred and Max White. Linn-Mar dropped a heartbreaker, 7-6, at Dubuque Senior.

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Pleasant Valley at Cedar Rapids Prairie

Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at John Wall Field

Records and rankings: Pleasant Valley is 0-1; Class 4A No. 6 Prairie is 1-0.

Overview: Prairie ruled on both sides of the ball last week in a 41-6 drubbing of Cedar Rapids Washington, an outcome that only fueled the flames of the Hawks’ preseason optimism. Keegan Simmons rushed for 152 yards on 23 carries, scoring a pair of touchdowns. Pleasant Valley can’t be overlooked, despite a 20-0 opening-week loss to Bettendorf. The Spartans managed just 139 yards against the stingy Bulldogs’ defense.

 

 

Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Muscatine

Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Muscatine

Records and rankings: Jefferson is 0-1; Muscatine is 1-0.

Overview: After suffering a 34-0 loss to Cedar Rapids Kennedy in Chris Buesing’s first game as head coach, Jefferson begins a four-game stretch in which it should be competitive in every game. But they’ll have to discover some offense after managing just 185 yards against the Cougars. Just 2-7 last year, Muscatine showed promise for improvement with a 23-6 win over Davenport Central behind 190 passing yards from Carson Orr and 151 on the ground from Timothy Nimely.

Iowa City Regina at Anamosa

Site and time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Anamosa

Records and rankings: Class 1A No. 6 Regina is 0-1; Anamosa is 1-0.

Overview: Despite being manhandled by Cedar Rapids Xavier last week, it’s far too early for Regina to panic. Sophomore QB Ashton Cook showed some glimpses, completing 19 of 28 throws for 167 yards, and it’s unlikely he’ll see another defense like the one that Xavier has this season. Anamosa showed some defensive might in a 17-6 triumph over Maquoketa. Walker Marsh collected six tackles and intercepted a pass.

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Cedar Rapids Washington at Dubuque Hempstead

Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Dubuque (Dalzell Field)

Records and rankings: Both teams are 0-1.

Overview: Washington looks up to pick up the pieces after a decisive loss to Cedar Rapids Prairie, but the potential certainly remains for a 3-1 pre-district schedule. Improvement is necessary in all facets, though. The Warriors managed about 200 yards of total offense against Prairie, and the running game was absent. Hempstead opened with an 11-10 loss to Davenport North.

Waterloo East at Iowa City Liberty

Site and time: 7:15 p.m. Friday, at North Liberty

Records and rankings: Both teams are 0-1.

Overview: Liberty had a brief second-half lead against Iowa City High in Week 1 before surrendering the final 21 points in a 38-21 defeat. Still, that’s reason for hope that the Lightning will compete despite a roster with only one senior. East is down a class to 3A after a 2-7 season last year in 4A, and opened with a 34-20 loss to rival Waterloo West last week. Kendall Robinson rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown.

 

 

Cascade at Benton Community

Site and time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Van Horne

Records and rankings: Both teams are 1-0. Cascade is ranked No. 5 in Class 1A.

Overview: Cascade held on to edge Monticello, 39-34, last week behind 349 rushing yards (155 from Colby Holmes) for its 14th win in the last 15 regular-season games. Now the Cougars face an interesting test at Benton, which blitzed South Tama 45-13 a week ago. Both teams are down a class from last year (Cascade from 2A to 1A, Benton from 3A to 2A). Bobcats QB Clay Krousie passed for 215 yards, completing 14 of 19 throws, last week while Matt Davis ran for 125 yards on just 12 carries.

 

 

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Center Point-Urbana at Mount Vernon

Site and time: 7 p.m. Friday, at Mount Vernon (Ash Park Field)

Records and rankings: CPU is 1-0; Class 2A No. 7 Mount Vernon is 0-1.

Overview: There’s nowhere to go but up offensively for Mount Vernon, which turned the ball over six times and had a punt blocked in a 34-14 loss to Solon last week. The Mustangs face a CPU outfit that was stingy in a 20-2 Week 1 win over DeWitt Central. The Stormin’ Pointers yielded just 130 yards and kept the Sabers out of the end zone. Caleb Andrews passed for 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

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